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When the book of life is open and your name is called out what a glorious day that would be. We are to live this life with our eyes fixed on Jesus. Our Christian life involves total concentration, total attention, and total occupation with Jesus Christ.
Christ is the goal of our Christian walk and we who persevere to the end shall be with Jesus. We will have trials and unexpected problems that might make us want to quit. Christianity is a battle, a struggle, and spiritual warfare for all of us. It is a hard thing to learn that Christianity is "fighting the good fight of faith." for every true Christian has experienced the momentary desire to give up Christianity and go back into the world system.
We must set aside anything that might hinder us from learning and then living the gospel of Christ. Ask Jesus to help you with diligence. If you lean on Him, He'll give you the strength you need to be disciplined spiritually, and help you overcome anything that comes against you.
Do you have a daily routine for staying in the Word of God and prayer? If not, start one! Set a minimum goal that you know you can keep no matter what. That may be listening to a Christian radio station or a Christian Bible tape. Or it may be reading a devotional, or a few verses of Scripture a day. The Christian life is a fight in which we face a never-ending struggle against evil. Not an earthly military campaign, but a spiritual battle against Satan.
When you become a Christian you're starting a spiritual race on the path that God has directed for you. All Christians must run this spiritual race. And you must continue the race, whether you run, walk, or crawl. It is not only important that every true Christian run the race, but that he or she finishes it.
In the constant battle between Christians and the devil, you must remember that in order to be successful in dealing with the devil the most important thing to do first is to submit to God. Satan loves to keep our mind blind to the gospel. To accomplish this task, he looks to our flesh; our human nature.
Regardless of our culture or geography, we all have a human nature. This nature is fallen and it's in this nature that the flesh rules. Satan rules in this realm and keeps those under his influence as captives. By following the sin nature, we are bound for hell. That is why you should study the Bible to keep yourself fit and ready for anything the enemy throws against you.
The bible is a living book, but some Christians have no interest in studying it and wonder why the enemy is always coming against them. You must understand the value of Bible study. It is good to establish a good steady routine.
Satan loves to make Christians doubt and struggle with reality which keeps their minds off God. Because, of our old sinful nature, our flesh will still try to find gratification. Evil is disguised so cleverly, isn't it? The devil knows and does his job well! It does not always look like we are up to evil. We get carried away with life's tide of events if we are not careful to guard ourselves and look to Christ.
We may not choose to sin, but we might fall into sin. The bible says the result of sin in our lives is death, spiritual separation from God. We can't be fooling around with God. Either we will serve Him because we choose to or we will indulge in our sins. We can't do both; we cannot serve two masters. There is no neutrality with God. If you side with God you must man your grounds by putting on the full armor of Christ.
Being a Christian may be a difficult road at times, but ultimately it will be well worth it. We must always be on guard because Satan will always try to tempt us to sin. He may do it through your flesh, or the world. He may do it with his demons.
Satan seeks to exploit the minds of men and women through our flesh. We must overcome the temptations that the devil throws our way in this world. This is speaking of spiritual warfare while we are resisting the temptations of the devil from the outside we must draw near to God. For only through the strength that God provides can we overcome any temptation.
Our greatest enemy is sin. It is the sting of death and the separation from God. We need to get sin and Satan, under our feet. Our enemy, Satan seeks your life to destroy you. He is the enemy of your soul and is out to devour you. You are given the authority to tread the enemy down. You are not to walk with the enemy or talk with the enemy or take the enemy in. You are to tread the enemy down, under your feet.
You are to conquer that which seeks to destroy you and devour you. You have been given authority in your Spiritual warfare with your enemy. We must constantly be asking God in prayer to give us the necessary strength to fight the battle of faith. That is the only way to overcome Satan. Reading the scriptures and praying daily can help us gain knowledge of the powers of darkness and how to combat them. As long as the devil can hide in darkness and convince us to unknowingly follow him, he will be eternally grateful to us.
Emotional problems, addictions, passive Christians and fighting Christians are bound by the powers of Satan through deception. Our pride and our wants and lusts are the values that Satan hides behind to deceive us. He uses the power of the unseen to destroy us.
When we are "getting into ourselves," his power is planning the next step. There is a difference between temptation and attacks from Satan. Satan uses temptation as a scheme or plot or compulsion to get us to do evil. Satan uses many methods of attack and normally with some success. Satan's attack on us can be an overwhelming outpouring to defeat us.
Satan seeks to steal, kill, destroy, deceive, distract, and do anything else he can take us away from God. The wiles of the devil are constant. Many senses of the flesh; the things we see, hear, emotions, thoughts, even physical pain, may very well be a tool of Satan.
God has given us all the protection and weapons we need to meet any attack of the devil. The devil is able to attack us, but he cannot defeat us, we belong to Christ. We must never forget that we are covered and protected by the blood that Jesus gave when He died on the cross.
As Christians, our main concentration should be to complete our purpose that God has assigned us. We want to be there when the roll is called up yonder to hear our names called out. Life is but a vapor here today and gone tomorrow, let’s work on completing our role in this life and anticipate the calling of our names when the book of life it’s open. I want to have my name written in the book of life. What about you?
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